just found out how to work hashtags

4

Seeing Lagos, Nigeria, Through New Eyes with @temi.coker

For more of Temi’s photos from Nigeria, browse his #temixnigeria hashtag. To continue along with Temi’s work in Texas, follow @temi.coker on Instagram.

When Temi Coker (@temi.coker) was 11 years old, he left his home in Lagos, Nigeria, for Arlington, Texas. Then, a few years ago during college, Temi developed a passion for photography and began searching for a way to bring his culture and art together.

Last December, opportunity struck. His grandmother was about to turn 70, and the family in Nigeria had some portraits commissioned to commemorate the moment. But when the photos didn’t meet Temi’s expectations, he made up his mind: He would return to Nigeria and take them himself.

Back in Nigeria, Temi began to see Lagos differently as he looked around through his camera’s lens. “For me growing up, when I moved to America everybody was making fun of Africa,” he explains. “I said, ‘Ok, well, my job here today is to go find the beauty in Nigeria and to allow people to see a different side than what they see on TV.’”

As he revisited the beaches, city streets and markets of his childhood, he was struck by the beauty he saw not only in the surroundings, but also in the people. From women selling crops to suya sellers to police officers directing traffic on their days off to fishermen cleaning out their canoes in the morning, he found inspiration in the working world of Lagos that he’d never noticed as a child — and he shared it with the #temixnigeria hashtag. “I just wanted to show people what it’s like to actually go to a place where you were born, now with a new vision, and capture the essence of that. Not to make the story about me, but about Nigeria and how beautiful it actually is.”

With a renewed sense of confidence as a photographer, Temi returned to Texas where he’s begun to take on professional work and develop many personal projects, including multiple-exposure manipulations and a storytelling series that shows the Nigerian traditions alive in the US.

Honestly

If you don’t support Dirty Laundry (the Klance fic by Gibslythe for those who don’t know) and you had a hand in bullying the author, get the fuck off my blog. I’m so disappointed in the Voltron fandom right now…The author went OUT OF HER WAY to even tell us to create a different hashtag so her fic wasn’t disturbing people on the Klance tag who didn’t want to read it. SHE WAS EVEN GOING TO MAKE THE NSFW CHAPTER SEPARATE AND WARN US SO IF WE DIDN’T WANT TO READ THAT WE WEREN’T SURPRISED. Y'all ugly ass haters ruining this just because you don’t agree with something ?! IT’S A WORK OF FICTION. IT CAN BE WRITEN HOW EVER THE FUCK THE AUTHOR WANTS TO. DON’T LIKE ?! DON’T FUCKING READ. Y'all were only upset AFTER you found out the author was white. You racist scum…honestly.

So EL James did an Ask on Twitter. Imagine How it Went

This isn’t Outlander related, but I know that often 50 Shades of Grey gets compared to Outlander. I don’t know why, but it does, and so while perusing Twitter today, I saw that #AskELJames was trending.  To say I was thoroughly entertained by what I saw, is an understatement. And so, for your enjoyment. A quick summary of a lot of different questions that were asked to E.L. James. Needless to say, I think her PR Team is kicking themselves in the ass several times for this mistake.

  • #AskELJames what do you hate more? a) good literature b) consent c) women d) healthy relationships e) all of the above
  • #AskELJames How much money does a  partner need to earn for them to be ‘romantic’ instead of abusive? Asking for a friend.
  • #AskELJames At what point did you realise that the most violent sexually sadistic act in your story was your rape of the English language?
  • #AskELJames I have a lot of respect for you actually, you’ve proven that you can succeed without having any talent. It’s remarkable.
  • #AskELJames Is there a safe word which will stop you from writing anymore of this bollocks?
  • #AskELJames My bf sold my car without my permission, should I be in awe for this romantic gesture or file a theft report?
  • #AskELJames have you spent more time blocking people or answering question from fans only over the last hour?
  • #AskELJames how does it feel to promote abuse as romantic, cheapening people’s abuse experiences and pretty much mocking them?
  • #AskELJames Do you realise that listening to criticism - especially legitimate criticism - is a vital aspect of being a good writer/human?
  • #AskELJames why do your books perpetuate r*pe culture and the harmful stereotype that victims can miraculously save their abusers?
  • #AskELJames what makes you think that surviving childhood trauma gives someone the right to brutalize someone else?
  • I’ve just been sick and some alphabetti spaghetti landed on a blank piece of paper, could I have your publisher’s email address? #AskELJames
  • #AskELJames Did your agent convince you a hashtag twitter livechat was a good idea? Incidentally, have you found a new agent yet?
  • #AskELJames How proud are you that you managed to out-do Twilight as a horrible example to girls? I mean, that’s impressive. *Slow clap*
  • #AskELJames Are you getting tendinitis from having to hit “block” so often :(
  • My boss said no when I asked if I could kiss him and then I did anyway because no means yes right? Things at work are awkward. #AskELJames
  • Is it meant to be a hilarious joke that Ana is an English major, given how appallingly written your books are? #AskELJames
  • #AskELJames I need advice on making a BIG romantic gesture. Should I put a GPS tracker in her phone and make threats if she tries to leave?
  • #AskELJames Do you refer to all abuse survivors as “haters” and “trolls”, or is it only those who dare to criticize your books?
  • #AskELJames Can you confirm that you will be writing the story of Ramsay Bolton from his perspective, showing he is just misunderstood?
  • Will there be a delay to our answers while you wait for Stephanie Meyer to answer them first, so you know what to write? #AskELJames
  • #AskELJamesIs it only ok for Christian to stalk, coerce, threaten & manipulate Ana because he’s hot, or is it also ok because he’s rich?

Want more? Just Follow the Link:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/AskELJames?src=tren&data_id=tweet%3A615589249056960512